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SATs 2018 – Parents' Guide


KS2 SATs in 2018 – What parents need to know!


In the summer term of 2016, KS2 SATs were overhauled to be in line with the new National Curriculum.

The new-style SATs for English and Maths reflect the new National Curriculum, and are more rigorous than previous years’ tests. There is also a completely new SATs marking scheme and grading system which has replaced National Curriculum levels.


At the end of Year 6, children sit tests in:

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar


These tests are both set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks will be used alongside teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment across Key Stage 2.


This information is to advise parents of how the SATs tests will be administered.

The timetable shows a list of tests and the dates they will be administered.

2018 test timetable




Monday 14 May

English Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Paper 1: Questions

English Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Paper 2: Spelling

Tuesday 15 May

English Reading

Wednesday 16 May


Mathematics Paper 1: Arithmetic

Mathematics Paper 2: Reasoning


Thursday 17 May

Mathematics Paper 3: Reasoning

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG)

The spelling, punctuation and grammar test consists of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes.

The grammar and punctuation test will include two sub-types of questions:

  • Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’
  • Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’



The reading test is a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.

There will be a selection of question types, including:

  • Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’
  • Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’
  • Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’
  • Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
  • Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’



Children sit three papers in Maths:

Paper 1: Arithmetic, 30 minutes

  • 35 fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division.

Papers 2 and 3: Reasoning, 40 minutes per paper

  • These papers will involve a number of question types, including: Multiple choice; True or false; Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart and more open-ended questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem.



There is no SAT test to assess writing. At the end of the academic year, your child’s class teacher will assess their writing ability. Your child will either be assessed as working at a Greater Depth (GDS); the Expected standard (EXS); Working Towards the standard (WTS) or Pre-Keystage (PKG/PKF/BLW). To help class teachers make their judgements, they will use the KS2 Teacher Assessment Framework (a link to which can be found below).



You will be given your child’s raw score (the actual number of marks they get), alongside their scaled score and whether they have reached the expected standard set by the Department for Education (‘HNM’ means that the expected standard was not achieved and ‘EXS’ means the expected standard was achieved).

The range of scaled scores available for each KS2 test is:

80 (the lowest scaled score that can be awarded)

120 (the highest scaled score)

The expected standard for each test is a scaled score of 100 or more. If a child is awarded a scaled score of 99 or less they will not have achieved the expected standard in the test.


As a school we support our children through the SATs. We want them to do the best that they can and we support them to do this in every way. If you have any concerns regarding the KS2 SATs tests please do not hesitate to contact the class teacher.


Thank you for your continued support,

Mr Shuttleworth & Mrs Fearnside